Online art courses!

All courses now available on demand. Work at your own pace on a password-protected website. Unlimited video access for a full year. Instructor guidance and feedback as often as you like.




Drawn & Decorated Watercolor Lettering
10 Lessons – work at your own pace

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Create original, decorated letters using watercolor, Pigma Micron pens, pencils and a brush. Includes 10 complete projects representing a wide range of styles and historical periods. Topics include illuminated initials, Celtic knotwork, vines and flourishes, Quickhand for your own art journal, creative page design, tips for designing a unique personal alphabet, three easy steps to Deco chrome letters and much more. My first and most popular course. Registration is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at

Some photos from Drawn & Decorated Watercolor Lettering:



Questions about Drawn & Decorated Watercolor Lettering? Email me!


Birds in Watercolor and Beyond
10 Lessons – work at your own pace

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L5 Spatter BirdB

Explore new watercolor techniques (ranging from realistic to whimsical) each week as we paint birds from around the world. Topics include brushwork, color mixing, a dramatic ink resist, painting skies and clouds, painting foliage, painting on toned paper and more. No experience needed. To sign up, email me directly at





Some photos from Birds in Watercolor and Beyond:

Val Webb pelican

WC Bird

Burrowing Owl pic


Birds in Colored Pencil and Beyond
9 Lessons – work at your own pace

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Roller and pencils


With step-by-step guidance, learn to create “gentle pencil” foundation drawings and then layer rich colors on top to create elegantly detailed, illustration-quality colored pencil images. This course uses detailed video demonstrations of technique, step-by-step illustrated printables and personal feedback on completed projects. We’ll mix up classical drawing theory with a dose of natural history, with topics including drawing feather texture, drawing birds in flight, shading for highlights and shadows, color blending, basic bird anatomy, drawing birds of prey, drawing backgrounds and habitat, drawing birds’ eggs and nests, and much more. No experience necessary, and the supply list is quite basic. To sign up, email me directly at

Some photos from Birds in Colored Pencil:

L9 Toucan 4B



Draw Dogs & Cats
8 Lessons – work at your own pace

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No experience necessary — the only prerequisite for this course is a love of our four-legged family members. Working in pencil for some projects, black-and-white charcoal pencil for others, develop your drawing skills by learning to create glossy fur, expressive eyes, animals in action and at rest. Topics include drawing puppies and kittens at different stages of growth, four techniques for drawing white fur, drawing realistic dog noses, drawing dog and cat caricatures and more. Very minimal supply list. To sign up, email me directly at

Some photos from Draw Dogs and Cats:

Completed beagle sketch

L8 Part 2 kitten


Draw Owls: Designed for the Dark
4 Lessons – mini course – work at your own pace

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Barred Owl

Develop fundamental drawing skills in pencil and charcoal as you sketch some of nature’s most efficient (and beautiful) predators. Each week will feature a new technique and a new species of owl. No experience necessary — this class is specially designed for beginning and intermediate artists.

Lessons will be information-rich, each consisting of multiple videos and illustrated printable pages., and will be posted on a password-protected web page. A new lesson will post every two weeks. Instructor guidance and feedback is available as often as you like, through email.

Supplies for this course:

  • 4B drawing pencil, any brand
  • Soft kneaded eraser
  • Supply of inexpensive sketch paper for practice
  • Black charcoal pencil
  • White charcoal pencil
  • 2 sheets of toned charcoal paper (gray or buff)

To register, email

Photos from Draw Owls: Designed for the Dark:

L3 Image




Draw Horses & Ponies
10 Lessons – work at your own pace

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ink horseI grew up with horses and have always loved drawing them, so I’m very excited about this: Registration is now open for Draw Horses and Ponies. Use pencil, pen, ink and brush to draw horses of all breeds (from tiny Falabella miniatures to enormous draft horses) and life stages from birth to old age. Includes how to draw each gait, as well as jumping, shying and rolling. Draw horses under saddle and in harness. There is a lesson on drawing riders (both Western and English) and one on donkeys and mules. Explore realistic pencil renderings and playful, impressionistic brush drawing. No experience necessary!

sketchThe course includes 10 instructional videos, and 30 illustrated pdf pages for you to print and keep. I’ll provide one-on-one guidance and feedback at each step of the journey.

The cost of the course is $65. For information on how to sign up, send me an email at


38 thoughts on “Online art courses!”

  1. JoAnn Rice said:

    I am interested in the online classes. Can you provide me details please?

  2. Sue Hulen said:

    Please give information on your online classes. Thank you.

  3. Hi. Could you please send info on your dog class and watercolor lettering? I am interested in both.
    Thank you!

  4. Joretta Parker said:

    Love your site! You are very talented!

  5. I am one of vals students. You will enjoy her classes.. : )

  6. Val,
    I just saw the dog and kittens class!!! Yeah, dogs and kitties are my personal favorite. Will they be available after the fairies? I sure hope so.
    Thank you
    Lorrie Deann

  7. The Fairies class will be my 5th class with Val. I began with NO art experience other than photography. I was amazed to be able to follow her very detailed instructions which resulted in lovely results. Val’s critiques are very helpful and point up both the positive and less-than-positive features of each assignment. I found it beneficial to watch the video first, then work on the warm-up and finally the project … while watching the video again, stopping it as appropriate to complete the instruction and starting it for the next step. That way you are working right along with Val as if she were sitting next to you. Most helpful so that you don’t forget a step along the way as she uses many techniques to complete each project! Enjoy!!!! Carole Jurack

  8. Hi Val, I sent you an email yesterday regarding to the online class, would be great if you could reply me. Many thanks! Xenia

  9. when is next watercolor lettering class?

  10. When is the next session of Drawing Dogs & Cats?

    • Hi, Sharon! The next session of my online course, Drawing Dogs & Cats, will start on July 21. I have posted the details on my “Upcoming Online Courses” page. I hope you will join in the fun. 🙂

  11. Your classes are highly recommended. I am wondering if you do any classes on gardens, more emphases on flowers and gardens than the inhabitants, birds, fairies, etc. I am a beginner and the beautiful creatures are beyond my ability level.

    Thanks for reply and information

  12. This looks wonderful. Will you be offering classes after mid-April too?

  13. Kelly Cobb said:

    Hi Val, I have some art experience but have not taken the first fairies class… Should I go ahead and take the second class or wait for the first class in May? I just want to make sure I am getting the most out of the classes.

    • Hi Kelly! Thank you for asking about the Fairies II class. Because it is the continuation of the earlier class and refers frequently to techniques taught during those first 10 lessons, it is only offered for those who have already taken the first course. I’ll be offering the first one again in May — the new dates will be posted in a week or so.

  14. Is the Draw and Paint Fairies in Nature considered the first Fairies class? I only ask because I wanted to try Fairies II but needed to take Fairies I.

  15. Hello, just wondering if the watercolour lettering class will be coming up again ease? Thankyou! X

  16. kindredspirit said:

    I would like to take your watercolor lettering class but I did not get a response to my email…

    • Hi, Mary! Thanks for letting me know — the email was sent Dec. 3 and did not bounce back. Possibly in your spam filter? But I am so glad you are interested in the upcoming course, and I have just sent a copy of the email. See you soon!

  17. Pam Beason said:

    Hi Val –

    When will you offer your herb class next?

    Pam (previous student)

    • Hi Pam! I’m converting all my previous online courses to an “anytime” on demand format, so you can take it whenever you like and keep the video access for a full year. I will announce it as soon as I have finished the format change — probably in about 2 weeks. Thank you so much for asking!

  18. Thank you. Don’t know which one to begin with. Very excited you are offering these. Can’t wait to get started. hl

  19. Adrianne Bowes said:

    Hi Val
    I love all your courses! they are so well put together.
    quick question:
    are the non animal courses also going to be available once purchased for the full year?or do they have a limited access period?

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